Date: February 26, 2019
Author: Martin Blake

Minjee Lee hits No. 3

Australia’s Minjee Lee has leapt to a new career-high world ranking of No. 3.

Perth’s Lee, just 22 years of age, sits just behind superstars Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and Sung Hyun Park of South Korea in the latest rankings.

She jumped four places in the rankings after finishing second in the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament in Pattaya last weekend, where her eagle putt on the par-five 18th hole to force a playoff with Korea’s Amy Yang stopped just centimetres short of the hole.

Already the Greg Norman medallist for 2018 and the first woman to win the award for Australia’s best golfer, Lee has won four times on the LPGA Tour around the world since turning professional, having emerged through the elite programs of Golf Western Australia and Golf Australia.

Last season on the LPGA Tour she won the Volvik Championship in May and logged a remarkable 13 top-10 finishes.

Queenslander Cameron Smith is also at a career-high in the men’s world rankings at No. 24 after his tied-sixth finish in the World Golf Championship Mexico event in Mexico City.